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  • “Containing the Network”: Referrers’ Experiences of the Community Forensic CAMHS Consultation and Liaison Model

    We interviewed professionals who had referred young people for support from Community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Community F:CAMHS). This research came out of our evaluation of Community F:CAMHS, commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement. This research specifically explored referrers' experiences of the consultation and liaison model of Community F:CAMHS.

    Authors: Jacob, J., Merrick, H., Lane, R., Cracknell, L., Labno, A., D’Souza, S., White, O., & Edbrooke-Childs, J.

  • Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a brief accessible cognitive behavioural therapy programme for stress in school-aged adolescents (BESST): a cluster randomised controlled trial in the UK

    Depression and anxiety are increasingly prevalent in adolescents. The Brief Educational Workshops in Secondary Schools Trial investigated the effectiveness of a brief accessible stress workshop programme for 16–18-yearolds. We aimed to investigate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the DISCOVER cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) workshop on symptoms of depression in 16–18-year-olds at 6 months compared with treatment-as usual.

    Authors: Brown, J., James, K., Lisk, Stephen., Shearer, J., Byford, S., Stallard, P., Deighton, J., Saunders, D., Yarrum, J., Fonagy, P., Weaver, T., Scare, I., Day, C., Evans, C., & Carter, B.

  • What Should Personalised Mental Health Support Involve? Views of Young People with Lived Experience and Professionals from Eight Countries

    The aim of this research was to conduct an international qualitative study on the views of young people with lived experience and professionals, on proposed aspects of personalised support for anxiety and/or depression. This work was funded by a Wellcome Trust Mental Health Priority Area “Active Ingredients Youth Insights” commission awarded to the Child Outcomes Research Consortium at Anna Freud.

    Authors: Sheikh, A., Jacob, J., Vostanis, P., Ruby, F., Spuerck, I., Stankovic, M., Morgan, N., Pinheiro Mota, C., Ferreira, F., Eruyar, S., Yilmaz, E. A., Fatima, S. Z., & Edbrooke-Childs, J.

  • Mental health coping strategies and support needs among marginalised further and higher education students in the UK: A cross-sectional study

    Students who are marginalised based on varying identities, backgrounds and characteristics are highly vulnerable to mental health challenges, but many do not receive appropriate support from healthcare services. This study examines the mental health coping strategies and support needs among marginalised students in the UK.

    Authors: Liverpool, S., Moinuddin, M., Bracegirdle, K., Eddison, J., Joseph, S., Aithal, S., Allen, E., Carmichael-Murphy, P., Marsden, J., McKenzie, H., Murphy, C., Owen, M., Patel, T., Raji, N., Roocroft, L., Fletcher, K., Karkou, V.

  • Does qualifying route inform preparedness for child protection practice? An appraisal of the testimonies of 201 ‘early career’ social workers

    England’s children’s social care workforce is in a state of crisis, with the problem perhaps more prominent in the field of child protection. This study explored the impact of social work qualification route on early career social workers’ sense of preparedness for child protection practice.

    Authors: Murphy, C., Liverpool, S., Parry, N., Birch, N., Turay, J.

  • “I can’t escape my scars, even if I do get better”: A qualitative exploration of how adolescents talk about their self-harm and self-harm scars during cognitive behavioural therapy for depression

    This study aimed to explore how depressed adolescents talk about their self-harm behaviours and their self-harm scars during therapy for depression. The findings of this study suggest that it could be helpful for therapists to consider how wider sociocultural beliefs around self-harm may impact how teenagers talk about their self-harm and scars in treatment for depression.

    Authors: Kristen, A., Lecchi, T., Loades, M., & Midgley, N.

  • Parental Mentalizing in the Child Protection Context: Research and Clinical Perspectives

    The Lighthouse Parenting Programme (LPP) is a multifamily mentalization-based intervention for parents with child protection service involvement. The Supporting Parents Project was a randomized controlled trial of the LPP being delivered by children’s social care services.

    Authors: Sleed, M., Byrne, G., Fiorini, G.

  • Parental Reflective Functioning on the Parent Development Interview: A narrative review of measurement, association, and future directions

    This paper reviews and summarizes the research on parental mentalizing using the Parent Development Interview and the Reflective Functioning coding. It also describes the future developments for the measure.

    Authors: Slade, A., Sleed, M.

  • The impact of out-of-home care on brain development: a brief review of the neuroscientific evidence informing our understanding of children’s attachment outcomes

    Brief review of the neuroscientific findings that illuminate whether and how adverse early caregiving experiences impact on brain development and poor socioemotional outcomes in children in care, and how such evidence informs our understanding of attachment outcomes in this population.

    Authors: Oliveira, P